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14 Day Zambia Adventure - Limited To 12 Guests
Aug 21, 2013 to Sept.3, 2013
$6,500.00 per person
Single Supplement - US $950.00

Day 1
Your safari begins on arrival in Arusha. After clearing immigration and customs at the Kilimanjaro airport a driver will be waiting for , with a signboard, outside the small terminal building and we will be taken to the Onsea House (approximately 30 minutes).  We will meet for dinner and  have an opportunity to meet the remainder of the group, discuss the adventure in detail and what you are about to see, talk about the guides, have a questions and answer period and talk a little about photography.

 

   
Hyena

Day 2
This morning we will start our adventure through the northern parks of Tanzania with our guides in private safari vehicles off into the bush to begin our adventure. From Arusha a sealed road heads east, through coffee plantations and out across the increasingly dry and open Maasai Steppe. Past the Monduli turnoff and the landscape becomes noticeably more rural, populated with thatched villages and Maasai herds. After about an hour, the wall of the Rift Escarpment starts to loom into view, with the highlands of Ngorongoro rising beyond. At the Manyara turnoff is the little truck-stop town of Makayuni, where you can get some more gin and chocolate whilst being amiably harried by bead-bearing Maasai crones.

Upon arrival at the Taranguire River Camp we will be welcomed by the camp staff to escorted to our rooms to relax for the remainder of the day.

This lodge includes all meals and room accomodations.

   

Day 2-5 (3 nights)

Tarangire River Camp is located within a 25,000 hectare of concession area, included on the land of the Tarangire River itself, which the camp overlooks. The youngest of the parks in this area, Tarangire is primarily known for elephant, which gather here in

The main Lodge at Tarangire River Camp is quite nice and includes the lounge, coffee bar, dining area, fire pit and nicely situated game viewing deck that offers fantastic views over the riverbank. Each tent is generously proportioned with private veranda's open to the stunning views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.

   
Elephant

Day 5

This morning we will leave camp after breakfast and take a slow drive back toward the main junction (approximately 2 hours) and on to Lake Manyara National Park.

Crossing the flat steppe on the sealed road to Manyara, the Rift Escarpment rises steeply ahead now, with the lake at its foot, the forest on its shores standing out against a usually parched-ochre landscape. At the base of the escarpment lies the modestly interesting market town of Mto wa Mbu (River of Mosquitoes), shortly followed by the entrance to Lake Manyara National Park where we will spend most of the day game viewing before heading to the Ngorongoro Farmhouse.

Upon arrival at the Ngorongoro Farmhouse we will be welcomed by the camp staff and escorted to our rooms to freshen up.

This lodge includes all meals and room accomodations.

 

Day 5 to Day 6 (2 nights)

Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge is a lovely lodge just outside of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Set in 750 acres of private farmland, it is comfortable, well laid out and has some lovely views across the farm and across to Oldeani Volcano. The Farmhouse Lodge opened in 2003, and since then has been offering good value accommodation and is a great base for visiting both the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park.

This location, with a good range of game is mostly notable for giraffe, elephant, baboon and the tree-climbing lions.

 
Giraffe

Day 7

Today we start out early from Ngoro Farmhouse to enter the Ngorongoro Conservation area and make our way to the Ngorongoro Lodoare Gate (approximately 30 minutes. The Ngorongoro conservation area lies between the Rift Escarpment and the Serengeti lies a range of mountains known as the Ngorongoro Highlands, an area of spectacular volcanic scenery, centered around the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. The majority of Ngorongoro is a mixed use conservation area, with Maasai tribes people and wildlife living side by side. Visitors are attracted to the main crater itself in large numbers, but the rest of the highlands remain amazingly untouched, with some of the very best hiking and trekking in Africa.

The crater remains a spectacular sight throughout the year. The game-viewing here will depend upon the latest game and traffic movements, but you should usually look to include the flamingoes on Lake Magadi, large bull elephant in the Gorigor Swamp, the hyena den, the hippo pool, Crown Crane, Lerai Forest and the picnic site at Ngoitokitok Springs.

Without doubt the mother of all the parks of East Africa, the Serengeti rarely fails to live up to its top billing any time of year. The great wildebeest and zebra migration is such a huge spectacle that it tends to become somewhat of a pre-occupation for many visitors. Even without the migration this would still be a great park and remains the primary focus of most good safaris into the region.

Upon arrival at the Olduvai Tented Camp we will be welcomed by the camp staff and escorted to our rooms to freshen up.

This lodge includes all meals, room accomodations and camp activities.

 

Day 7-8 (2 nights)

Olduvai Tented Camp, is the most magical of locations. Here there is the magnificent landscape, of bold weathered rock kopjes looking back towards the highlands of Ngorongoro and out across the plains of the Serengeti. The Maasai tribes people graze their animals out on this wild range, their tiny dung-walled settlements clinging to the foot of the mountains. You will view the enormous migratory herds which pass through between January and March and the wildebeest brought into calf by the sweetness of the grazing on these shortgrass plains. As if all that were not enough, there is the palaeontology. Olduvai is the site of one the most famous digs in history, where the Leakey family brought to light five great chapters in the history of man's evolution, causing this place to become know as "the birthplace of mankind".

One of the absolute highlights of a safari to this part of the world is to go walking with the Maasai guides at Olduvai Camp. There are two primary versions of the walk. The first is a straightforward stroll from the camp to Sunset Kopje, a large rocky outcrop about 15 minutes distant. A scramble up the rock, past a small cave containing Maasai rock art, leads to the summit and a spectacular 360 degree view. A longer version of the walk sees you headed out along a small wooded valley known as Little Olduvai Gorge, where you may well encounter giraffe and baboon in particular. After about an hour this trail arrives at the Maasai cattle wells, from where you can cut north to climb Sunset Kopje. The shorter walk can be done in an hour, the longer in 2 to 3 hours.

 
Wildebeest

Day 9

Upon arrival at the Ronjo Camp we will be welcomed by the camp staff and escorted to our rooms to freshen up.

This lodge includes all meals, room accomodations and camp activities.

 

Day 9-10 (2 nights)

Ronjo Camp is located in central Serengeti National Park, withing the vicinity of the Seronera River. The camp has a decidedly outdoorsy feel, with evening campfires being one of its features. Accommodation comprises of 12 tents with double or twin beds with bedding and a few pieces of furniture, terrace with safari chairs, a sanitary part adjoined to the tent that has a toilet with running water, small sink and hot shower. Evenings around the fire for aperitif, a beautiful ambiance created by the proximity of wildlife, low lighting from paraffin lamps and campfire with the reasssuring presence of the Maasai guards assuring the ultimate wildlife experience.

Ballooning : The Serengeti is perhaps the most famous ballooning locations in the world. Certainly it is an excellent experience. A very early pre-dawn start will see you up in the air at sunrise for flight of around 1 hour, rounded off with a leisurely breakfast at the landing spot, finishing back at the lodge some time mid to late morning. Unfortunately the 12 or 24 passengers, so the experience is not as intimate as one would like and it is also rather pricey. Overall we have always found balloons used are rather large, usually ourselves in two minds as to whether to recommend ballooning here in the Serengeti, the general concensus being that whilst it is a great experience, it perhaps does not quite measure up to expectations. There is an additional charge for this experience.

   
African Hoopoe

Day 11

Ronjo Camp to Seronera (approximately one hour), but we will probably plan to leave camp after breakfast and take a leisurely drive in towards the central areas, game-viewing along the rivers and around the kopjes. We will flly from Seronera to Kogatende.

Upon arrival at Ubuntu Camp we will be welcomed by the camp staff and escorted to our rooms to freshen up.

This lodge includes all meals, room accomodations drinks excluding premium brands, laundry and shared safari activities.

   

Day 11-14 (4 nights)

Ubuntu Camp is perfectly positioned to intercept the same animals as they arrive in the north. The guides explore each area in depth based on their expert knowledge of the herds, the animal movements and guests’ requirements. Each tent is either a double or twin (triples available), with flush toilets and running water in ensuite bathrooms. Hospitality, great food and a wonderful relaxed environment is the essence of Ubuntu Camp.

Ballooning : The Serengeti is perhaps the most famous ballooning locations in the world. Certainly it is an excellent experience. A very early pre-dawn start will see you up in the air at sunrise for flight of around 1 hour, rounded off with a leisurely breakfast at the landing spot, finishing back at the lodge some time mid to late morning. Unfortunately the 12 or 24 passengers, so the experience is not as intimate as one would like and it is also rather pricey. Overall we have always found balloons used are rather large, usually ourselves in two minds as to whether to recommend ballooning here in the Serengeti, the general concensus being that whilst it is a great experience, it perhaps does not quite measure up to expectations. There is an additional charge for this experience.

   
Air Strip

Day 15

This morning after breakfast we will be flying from Kogatende to Kilimanjaro where you will make your connections home.

 
Tanzania
 
INCLUDED...
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • 3 meals daily, snacks and treats
  • Soft drinks, house wine, local brand spirits, local beer, teas and coffees (as stated in details)
  • Air transfers from and back to Maun and between the camps as specified
  • Private guide and vehicle as stated in details
  • Laundry (as stated in details)
  • Park Fees
  • Extra weight allowance will be included for your camera gear.
 
EXCLUDED...
  • International flights
  • Airport Taxes (if applicable)
  • Visa's
  • Tips to staff and drivers
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Premium branded drinks, Champagne, cognacs, cellar wines, cigars and cigarettes
  • Any item not mentioned above
 
NOTES:
  • Luggage allowances here are strict at 44lb and bags must be soft sided duffels
  • The trip has been calculated based on 10 guests – should numbers change the costs will need to be recalculated accordingly.
 
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